EXPLAINED: How to use Chronodoses to get a last-minute Covid vaccination in France

All adults in France may now book an appointment to get a leftover Covid-19 vaccination dose - provided they can find an available slot. As this is proving difficult in many areas, we take a look at the helpful 'Chronodoses' site that does the search for you.

EXPLAINED: How to use Chronodoses to get a last-minute Covid vaccination in France
You may not get vaccinated by French Health Minister Olivier Véran, but this tool will speed up the process to get your dose. Photo: Thomas Padilla / POOL / AFP

To prevent wasting leftover doses, France this week made it possible for anyone – no matter if they belong to a priority group of not – to book last-minute appointments to get their jab.

Those aged between 18 and 50 who would otherwise have to wait until mid-June to become eligible for the anti-Covid inoculation are therefore now allowed to book a slot – if they can find a free one that is within the next 24 hours.

Later appointments remain reserved to over-50s, according to the French vaccination priority calendar.

As the scramble for doses began, French data scientist Guillaume Rozier, the creator of the much-used tool CovidTracker, has together with his team created an online platform that hunts out last-minute appointments.

READ ALSO: The French vocab you need to get the Covid vaccine

Their ‘Chronodoses’ website is linked to DoctoLib, the most widely used of France’s online medical platforms, plus other appointment platforms including Maiia, KelDoc and OrdoClic. 

After finding an available slot, the site redirects users to one of these to make the appointment.

Here’s how to use Chronodoses

Go to the website Vite Ma Dose ! (Quickly my dose!), another Rozier-created online tool that helps anyone find a vaccination appointment in their area (not necessarily in the next 24 hours).

Type in your city, town or post code.

Once you have chosen your area, you may select “chronodoses uniquement“, on the top right side of the site, to have the website search for free slots today or tomorrow in your area.

The site will then tell you how many last-minute appointments there are in your area, and how many vaccination centres these are spread across.

For example, the below example shows 331 free slots in eight different vaccination centres around the southern port-city of Marseille.

By scrolling down, you can select the centre closest to you.

For each centre the website shows how many free appointments (créneaux) there are, just below “prendre rendez-vous” (make an appointment).

In this case there are 200 appointments available.

However slots get snapped up quickly, so you might not be able to find an appointment in your area the first time you check the website.

When the platform went live on May 11th there were 200,000 users visiting Vite Ma Dose, many of whom were looking for Chronodoses, Rozier tweeted.

Due to high traffic on the site Wednesday, the creators of the website noted that there could be a delay of up to 30 minutes between Chronodoses and Doctolib. This meant that users clicking on an available slot on Chronodoses might get a message from Doctolib that there were no appointments left.

The site will probably get less busy as time goes on, and the weekend around the Ascension holiday might be a particularly good time to snap up a slot.

Note also that some appointments are available with Maiia and not Doctolib, or vice versa. You see which platform is offering the slot just next to “créneaux“, below “prendre rendez-vous“.

Here, for example, there are 78 free slots with Doctolib.

Once you find the centre you want to book with, click on “prendre rendez-vous“.

The website then directs you to the site which offered the appointments, where you select the category you are looking for, often it is “places restantes“. Then select that you are coming in for a first injection (sometimes you also have to select the vaccine type).

The website should then provide an overview of its next available slots. Make sure you book one in the next 24 hours – even if the platform gives other options – if you are not in a priority group.

After you choose your slot, fill out the remaining information the platform asks of you, and, voilà !  You are free to go to your appointment.

More information about how the actual vaccination is done HERE

And if you worry about making yourself understood in French, our vocab guide to get a vaccine in France might help.

Member comments

  1. Do 1st & 2nd shots have to be in same location? So if visiting away from home & can find a next day appointment, can you get 2nd back at home?

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France launches ski safety campaign after rising number of accidents

Injuries and even deaths while skiing in France have seen a sharp rise in recent years - leading the French government to create a new ski safety campaign.

France launches ski safety campaign after rising number of accidents

The early part of the ski season in France was dominated by headlines over the lack of snow in popular mountain resorts – but, now that climatic conditions have started to improve for skiers and there is at least some snow, the winter sports season is in gearing up to hit full swing.

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Heading into the winter holiday season – French schools in ‘Zone A’ break up for two weeks on February 4th, followed on February 11th by schools in ‘Zone B’, while schools in Zone C finish for the vacation on February 18th – the government has launched an awareness campaign highlighting skiing good practice and how to avoid accidents.

READ ALSO What can I do if I’ve booked a French skiing holiday and there’s no snow?

The Pratiquer l’hiver campaign has advice, posters and videos highlighting safety on the slopes, in an effort to reduce the number of accidents on France’s mountains – where, every year, between 42,000 and 51,000 people have to be rescued, according to the Système National d’Observation de la Sécurité en Montagne (SNOSM)

The campaign, with information in a number of languages including English, covers:

  • on-piste and off-piste safety advice (signalling, avalanche risks, freestyle areas, snowshoes, ski touring, etc.);
  • Help and instructions for children explained in a fun and educational way (educational games, games of the 7 families to be cut out, safety quizzes, advice sheets for sledding, skiing, prevention clips, etc.);
  • physical preparation (warm up before exercise, prepare your muscles and stretch well, also how to adapt the choice of pistes and the speed to your physical condition);
  • equipment and safety (helmet, goggles, sunscreen, etc.);
  • marking and signalling on the slopes (opening and marking of green, blue, red and black slopes, off-piste).

There are 220 ski resorts in France, the world’s second largest ski area, covering more than 26,500 hectares of land, across 30 departements.

In the 2021/22 ski season, totalling 53.9 million ‘ski days’, according to SNOSM, emergency services made 49,622 interventions in France’s ski areas, and 45,985 victims were treated for injuries.

The results show an increase in the number of interventions by ski safety services – a rise of 13 percent compared to the average of the five years prior to the pandemic – and the number of injured, up 8 percent. 

A few incidents on the slopes made the headlines at the time, including the five-year-old British girl who died after an adult skier crashed into her in the Alpine resort of Flaine, and the French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who died at the age of 37 after an accident while skiing in La Rosière, Savoie.

In total, 12 people died as a result of skiing incidents in France in the 2021/22 ski season. Three died following collisions between skiers, two after hitting an obstacle, and seven as a result of a fall or solo injuries. SNOSM also reported “a significant number of non-traumatic deaths, mostly due to cardiac problems” on France’s ski slopes.

The injuries due to solo falls – which represent 95 percent of all injuries –  on the ski slopes increased 2 percent compared to winter 2018/2019. Collisions between users fell, however (4.8 percent against . 5.6 percent) as did collisions between skiers and other people, and obstacles (0.7 percent compared to 0.85 percent).

The number of fatalities caused by avalanches, however, is at a historic low over the period 2011 to 2021, in part because of a relative lack of snow – leading to a drop in the number of avalanches and fewer people going off-piste, while awareness campaigns are hitting their mark, according to SNOSM.